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Jan 3, 2013 9:00am PST
on the house side. speaker john boehner hoping to hold john to his leadership position. he has lost some support from some republicans that were outraged he delayed a vote on hurricane sandy relief. boehner and nancy pelosi are officially nominated in about 40 minutes or so. then the voting begins. we want to bring in our team keeping a close eye on history being made. of course, wolf blitzer and gloria borger are in washington and dana bash live on capitol hill. wolf, we'll start off with you. you've probably lost count on the number of times you have covered this event and watched this take place. we'll talk about boehner in a minute, but talk a little bit about the diversity we see in this congress. never the liking before. record number of women in the senate, record number of latinos in the house. how will this impact whether or not the president can get more done in the second term? >> well, as important as it is to have a congress, a house and a senate that looked like the united states of america and there will be 20 women as you point out among the 100 senators, there will
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Jan 2, 2013 6:00pm PST
now from the speaker john boehner. plus a family still struggling after sandy. >> my politicians are going to hear from me and from my community. >> hillary clinton out of the hospital, but that hasn't stopped the conspiracy theories. why some of the right claim the secretary's illness is not what it seems. >> people who go out and generate rumors and lies are stupid. >> and a star is born. in about six months. the unending fascination with kimye. this is "piers morgan tonight". >>> good evening i'm wolf blitzer in for piers morgan. it isn't often you hear a politician a governor no less on the job react with the kind of anger we heard from chris christie today. he says what he thinks and what he thinks about john boehner's failure to vote on superstorm sandy aid. >> i was given no explanation. i was called at 11:20 last night by leader cantor and told authority for the vote was pulled by the speaker. and our delegation asked for a meeting with the speaker at the time. they were refused. i called the speaker four times last night after 11:20 and he did not take my calls. >> gover
CNN
Jan 2, 2013 4:00pm PST
that doesn't add up. plus, chris christie goes ballistic on the hated congress and john boehner will show the outburst to you and police say two new yorkers have been arrested with the means and the know how for a terrorist attack. let's go "outfront." good evening, everyone. "outfront" tonight, america, or homer simpson. like homer, we blythely skated to the precipice of the fiscal cliff with a deal that made almost everyone happy. low tax rate, extended benefits. sure sounds heavenly. but look what happens next. >> are we going make it? this is the greatest thrill of my life. i -- >> yeah, that's how it ends. that feeling of weightless euphoria, believes there was no way he would ever crash, there would be a last minute save. that was america today. the dow surged 380 points. congress patted itself on the back. why wouldn't they? that was a big reward. the problem is, the truth. congress sent america to the bottom because like homer, we're lying battered and bruised at the bottom. why? instead of cutting spending and raising revenue, which was the point, congress did the exact oppo
CNN
Jan 3, 2013 2:00am PST
of the new congress take their oath of office hours from now. and speaker boehner finds out if he keeps his leadership job. >> 66 days and counting. shame on you. shame on congress. >> and political war. new jersey's tough-talking governor explodes at the leaders of his own party. good morning to you. welcome to "early start," thanks for being with us. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm christine romans. it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. >> newtown, connecticut this morning, backpacks are being filled with books, tiny teeth are being brushed, and the students of sandy hook elementary school are preparing to return to class for the first time since a gunman took 20 of their friends and their innocence as well. debra feyerick is near the new sandy hook school. it's in monroe, connecticut. hour is everybody faring there? >> you know, it's a very tough day. you know, people are ready. they're as ready as they'll ever be after a tragedy like this. they want to resume the normal rhythm of their lives. they want to go to class, to work to sports events. they want to get back into the routine. normal
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Jan 2, 2013 1:00pm PST
attack on the house speaker, john boehner, from a rising star in his own party. up next, why his republicans failed to vote on a $60 billion aid package to sandy victims and why they are scrambling now to make it right. >>> and then averting the fiscal cliff. we are going live to wall street for an update. >>> paul ryan says, quote, wasn't afraid to vote yes on the fiscal cliff deal. could that be a sign for 2016? i am wolf blitzer, and you are in the "the situation room." >>> if the gop house of representatives thought they were feeling the heat for the fiscal cliff, they did but it may have been nothing compared to what they are feeling now. the bite bg backlash coming from prominent members of their own party, they are blasting last night's decision to end the 112th congress without approving a $60 billion aid package for the thousands of victims still suffering from the super storm sandy. leading the charge, a rising star in the party, and a possible 2016 presidential contender, the new jersey governor, chris christie. >> i will not in the specifics with what i discussed with
CNN
Jan 2, 2013 11:00am PST
king says it is all speaker boehner's fault. >> speaker boehner is the one. he walked off the floor. he refused to toll us why. refused to give us any indication or warning whatsoever. i'm saying anyone from new york and new jersey who contributes one penny to the republican congressional campaign committee should have their head examined. i would not give one penny to these people based on what they did to us last night. i would say -- i'm talking about the people in my neighborhood that i see, people are out of homes, people are living in devastated homes, people without jobs, people lost their businesses, their clothing, their life-long possessions. absolutely disgraceful. people in my party, they wonder why they're becoming a minority people. they're writing off new york. their writing off new jersey. they have written me off and they'll have a hard time getting my vote. i can tell you that. >> let's go to governor christie speaking right now. >> -- were damaged or destroyed. nearly 7 million new jerseyians were without power, some for up to 14 days. nearly 600 state roads were
CNN
Jan 3, 2013 11:00am PST
lindsay and trisha and the entire boehner family. speaker boehner i know all too well we will not always agree, but i hope with all my heart that we will find common ground that is a higher, better place for our country. surely we can be touched by the better angels of our nature. surely we can be touched by the better angels of our nature. so beautifully expressed by president lincoln. this is the people's house. this is the people's gavel. it represents a sacred trust. may we all fulfill that trust and make real the ideals of democratic government. with respect for our constitution, with faith in the american people, with hope for the future of our country, i present the people's gavel to the speaker of the house, john boehner. may god bless you. [ applause ] to speaker boehner, may god bless this congress, my god always bless the united states of america. my colleagues, the speaker of the house, john boehner. [ applause ] >> leader pelosi, thank you for your kind words. members of the house and the senate and my wife debbie who is with us today, thankfully the girls are working
CNN
Jan 1, 2013 10:00pm PST
negotiate it with speaker boehner and then you know hough it's unwound all this time. so this has been, as you point out, a months' long process and tonight i don't think he'll take a chest thumping victory lap but i do think that he will call it a victory. >> the president took some heat yesterday for comments that he made that some thought were inappropriate or the tone was inappropriate. he's got to watch tone at this point? >> yeah. i mean, yes and no. he -- i don't expect him to adopt the same tone. he's speaking in front of reporters, he's not speaking in front of an audience of supporters and so the mood is different. and he will be probably if i had to guess, i was looking up some of his speeches from the campaign where he said, you know, the goal -- we will decide this issue during the campaign. i believe he'd say the tax cuts should be extended for middle class americans but the wealthiest must pay more and this issue will be decided by this election and that will be the end. and so he is -- i wouldn't be surprised if he sort of wrapped up that message tonight and said this w
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 4:00pm PST
of americans that was john boehner's plan "b." a couple of things are either being misreported or inaccurately reported because what gets in the way of the president's plan is the constitution of the united states. and the good thing about this meeting is that the focus is now firmly on the united states senate where it should have been all these months. the house acted a long time ago to extend all the tax cuts and take care of sequestration. the senate has given speeches. >> you're referring to the fact that revenue issues are supposed to generate in the house. right now, both speaker boehner and the president say it's between reid and mcconnell which does raise the question, whatever procedural and constitutional issues, which are profound. are you concerned as a republican, someone who is close to speaker boehner, if we go over the fiscal cliff, that republicans will get the blame? >> well, of course they will. because republicans get blamed if it rains if washington. that shouldn't be the test here, it shouldn't be the consideration. but senator reid has had it within his pow
CNN
Jan 1, 2013 4:00pm PST
and figure out its next move. cnn has learned that house speaker john boehner put two options on the table. amend the senate bill with a package of spending cuts, or bring up the senate-passed measure for a so-called up or down vote in the house. i'm going to ask dana to explain to us what an up or down vote means. today, the number two republican in the house, majority leader eric cantor flatly told reporters i do not support this bill. >> -- looking for the best path forward. >> here's part of the problem for at least some lawmakers. the congressional budget office, a nonpartisan group, said today the senate-backed legislation will add nearly $4 trillion to federal deficits over a decade, but keep in mind that is relative to where deficits would have been if congress had let all the bush tax cuts expire, which was an option that virtually no one wanted. so is there life left in the senate's proposal or have we fallen off the cliff for good or at least for a few days? joining me now is our senior congressional correspondent, dana bash. dana, i just got a tweet from someone that says
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 5:00am PST
john boehner could face a challenge. also on the agenda changes in committee assignments and possible revisions to house and senate rules. >>> to massachusetts now where heavy snow is pounding the state and bringing with it freezing temperatures. boston could see up to 8 inches of snow today. the city's mayor has already declared a snow emergency. a top priority is getting the roads cleared for public safety. >> my guys live for this, so they're at their best when this kind of weather comes along. they're all geared up. it's like christmas morning for them. >> the neighbors to the south in rhode island are breaking out the shovels this morning. we'll show you that video. about a foot of snow has already fallen in some parts of the state. i know it's wintertime and it's supposed to snow, but these are the big snows so it's always interesting and kind of fun if you're not in it to look at the video. cnn i-reporters have been busy send inning photos. these are from mark ivy in farmersbu farmersburg, indiana. keep those pictures coming. >>> fiscal cliff, debt, and egos. how much of what i
CNN
Dec 26, 2012 11:00pm PST
that's realistic. i think we're at a point after, after the implosion by boehner and the party not to be able to come to an agreement with president obama. that we're talking about a short fix relative to a new congress dealing with the complexity and a comprehensive package of long-term, of fiscal policy in this country. that's what many of us have asked for, that everything has been to be on the table. that it has to be an honest and open discussion. >> you just said that everything should be on the table. the president has made this clear. he said that everyone needs to give a little bit to reach the grand bargain. and a new gallup poll says that 68% of americans want congress, that's you, to compromise. to come up with a solution. only 22% say stick to your principles. now, you spoke out against the president's first off, saying it looked like he was offering a cut to social security, but if his next offer looks the same and that's the only way to come together, would you support it? >> honestly, the support and many of us, including myself, are disappointed that cutting social
CNN
Jan 3, 2013 6:00am PST
disaster is manmade. house speaker john boehner now says the new congress will vote tomorrow on finally providing federal aid. he fast tracked the vote after unexpectedly shelving it earlier this week. that delay blind-sided and really outraged the hardest-hit states and even his fellow republicans lashed out with two ordinary anger. >> this used to be something that was not political. disaster are he leaf was something you didn't play games with but now in this current atmosphere, everything is the subject of one upsmanship, everything is a possibility, a potential piece of bait for the political game, and it's just -- it is why the american people hate congress. >> strong words from chris christie there. boehner's delay lit the fuse on a powder keg of frustration and here's why. lot of sandy's victims are living in shelters or shivering in unheated wreckage of their homes, waiting for help, 66 days and counting. compare that to hurricane katrina, ten days to landfall for a relief package, hurricane andrew, 30 days, less than half of the delay of sandy and here is the story beh
CNN
Jan 3, 2013 4:00am PST
speaker john boehner will get to keep his gavel in the new congress. there was a storm of outrage over speaker boehner scrapping a vote on superstorm sandy relief. he is now doing an about-face, the first of two votes on sandy aid package will take place tomorrow. new york congressman peter king, who accused boehner of betraying the party, tells cnn he is glad the speaker is making things right. >> the bottom line is that we are now receiving what we asked for. as far as i'm concerned, what's done is done. i've always considered john boehner a friend. i said that on the house floor today, which made it all the more painful for me to say what i felt i had to say. i owed it to my constituents and i did feel that new york in a number of cases was being taken advantage of. >> you know, he says they have always been friends but they didn't sound too friend low yesterday morning. peter king has had a lot of emotion over this and we'll talk to the chairman later this morning in the 8:00 hour. >>> also new york congressman michael grimm whose district was devastated by sandy will join us.
CNN
Jan 3, 2013 8:00am PST
definitely will see that play out with regard to how the house speaker, how john boehner continues to process things in the house and keep the pressure on him to not negotiate with democrats as much. >>> well, and democrats may have gained members, but control is control, as you mentioned artfully right at the beginning of this segment. is there going to be more leverage for democrats in the upcoming debt ceiling spending talks? three more fiscal cliff-ish things we need to deal with? >> reporter: well, republicans certainly feel they have the leverage in the debt ceiling talks, because they -- many of them think there is no problem reaches the debt limit and putting the country in jeopardy like that in order to stick to principle, in order to say we're just not going to do that until we cut spending. the only reason why we are reaching the debt ceiling is because there has been too much federal spending. so i don't think there's going to be a lot of backtracking on that. but you also have on the other side democrats who say that, you know, they're still going to push for what they
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 10:00pm PST
john boehner and president obama each made important concessions. the president on entitlement spending. speaker boehner on upper income tax rates. speaker boehner, though, could not get conservative republicans to go along and seemed at a loss on what to do next. >> we can't cut our way to prosperity. we need real economic growth. many of us believe on both sides of the aisle on the fundamental reform of the tax code will help us get our economy moving faster and put more americans back to work. and more americans on the tax rolls. how we get there, god only knows. >> president obama, meantime, seemed to lose patience. no sign he's eager to go off the cliff, but he's also not ready, either, to concede in his words what he'll get for free when the bush tax cuts expire tuesday morning. democratic lawmakers, though, are more willing to let that and everything else happen and both sides are still pointing fingers. take a look at mitch mcconnell and harry reid just this afternoon. >> you'll excuse me if i'm a little frustrated at the situation. >> republican leader finds himself frustrated.
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 4:00am PST
cliff, but what about the house, which punted on boehner's plan b. house congressman steve latourette, by the way someone who has repudiated grover norquist's pledge joins us next. >>> and mark zuckerberg's sister confused about facebook's privacy settings. we'll have the details of that ahead. people really love snapshot from progressive, but don't just listen to me. listen to these happy progressive customers. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. with snapshot, i knew what i could save before i switched to progressive. the better i drive, the more i save. i wish our company had something this cool. you're not filming this, are you? aw! camera shy. snapshot from progressive. test-drive snapshot before you switch. visit progressive.com today. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and regi
CNN
Jan 2, 2013 4:00am PST
worth noting its speaker, john boehner, voted yes, so did paul ryan, by the way. here is the deal that took over 500 days to seal. no tax hikes for couples earning less than $ 450,000 a year. itemized deductions, and unemployment benefits extended and alternative minimum tax adjusted for inflation. >> here is the deal. what the deal doesn't address is federal spending. drastic domestic and defense cuts have been put off for more than two months. looking ahead that could get messy if this is an indication, think about that. and also the debt ceiling this is the end of february this is now at 16$16.4 trillion and by e way, we just blew past that this week. the president drawing a line in the sand for that upcoming battle. >> i will not have another debate with this congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they have already wracked up. the congress refuses to give the united states government the ability to pay these bills on time. and the consequences for the entire global economy would be catastrophic. far worse than the impact of a fiscal cliff. >> so that was t
CNN
Jan 2, 2013 12:00am PST
negotiate it with speaker boehner and then you know hough it's unwound all this time. so this has been, as you point out, a months' long process and tonight i don't think he'll take a chest thumping victory lap but i do think that he will call it a victory. >> the president took some heat yesterday for comments that he made that some thought were inappropriate or the tone was inappropriate. he's got to watch tone at this point? >> yeah. i mean, yes and no. he -- i don't expect him to adopt the same tone. he's speaking in front of reporters, he's not speaking in front of an audience of supporters and so the mood is different. and he will be probably if i had to guess, i was looking up some of his speeches from the campaign where he said, you know, the goal -- we will decide this issue during the campaign. i believe he'd say the tax cuts should be extended for middle class americans but the wealthiest must pay more and this issue will be decided by this election and that will be the end. and so he is -- i wouldn't be surprised if he sort of wrapped up that message tonight and said this w
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
senate yet and the republican speaker john boehner plablamed the crisis one president saying he the one who has never found a way to say yes. >> so you are in new york and i'm in atlanta, and we get to washington now, because the senior congressional correspondent dana bash is closely following the negotiations from capitol hill, and dana, you have been there and talking to people, and where are we on this? >> well, the senate majority leader harry reid was on the floor moments ago saying that the senate will reconvene at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. the senate will reconvene tomorrow at 11:00 tomorrow, and that means no senate votes tonight which is not good news for everybody looking at the calendar and looking at the watch at this point and not the calendar to see that it is midnight tomorrow night that everybody's taxes in this country will go up. simply put, both sides are not at a place where they believe that they can come up with anything to put on the senate floor for a vote tonight. they will give it until the actual deadline, december 31st tomorrow, to reconvene. however, senator
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 12:00pm PST
was in the context of a big deal with speaker boehner. now we're talking about the mini deal. the patch to get us through the new year. so democrats argue that this doesn't even have the votes to pass the house and the senate as dana says, it's a quote poison pill in the eyes of the democrats. we can continue to discuss that. i just want to bring awe little bit of news, if i may. while this all is as you put it, i think in very clearly, quote, disgusting and everything is moving very slowly. there is one potential glimmer of light. and that is, that senate minority leader, of the republican, mitch mcconnell and vice president biden have spoken. they've spoken twice. and the two of them have a history of cutting deals together. they were able to cobble together the debt deal that got us through the debt negotiations and kept the country from defaulting back in the summer of 2011. does this mean it will happen again? no. but it at least means there is a line of communication open between democrats and senior democrat and republican and the possibility that who knows, maybe there cou
CNN
Jan 3, 2013 1:00pm PST
moments of the day is this, a very emotional house speaker john boehner taking the gavel after being voted in by his colleagues to another term. >> put simply, worse than not to be something but to do something. [ applause ] or as like to call it, doing the right thing. it's a big job and it comes with big challenges. >> he got emotional, for good reason. our senior congressional correspondent dana bash was watching all of it unfold on capitol hill. an exciting, very passionate moment for the speaker of the house? >> reporter: that's right. i should say you probably see the crowd of people behind me. those are all new members of congress. actually, all of the members of congress as they are streaming by going to get their photos taken and have their mock swear-ins. the ceremonies are continuing here. of course it's emotional because john boehner tends to get emotional but his message was really interesting on two levels. one is, he clearly tried to telegraph that he still very much supports the philosophy and the goal of the 2010 congress that let him be speaker for the first time, w
CNN
Jan 2, 2013 9:00am PST
controversy that has come out of this, and this is because house speaker john boehner did not bring forward this vote on hurricane sandy disaster aid for new jersey and new york. it's got a lot of people who are scratching their heads and are angry this did not happen. i want you to hear what one of the fellow republicans said against boehner. >> when katrina hit, ten days later, $60 billion. $100 billion altogether. now we have to hear from people in florida, louisiana, and texas and alabama and, yes, some people from california and the midwest, when they have a disaster, and we were there for them. the rules change for us, and it is now not an emergency and the federal government doesn't have a role in this? absurd, absolutely absurd! we demand nothing less than we have given the rest of the country, an emergency disaster means emergency and disaster. >> nobody wants a special favor. nobody is looking for a gift or anything else. when your people are literally freezing in the winter and they're without food, without shelter and without clothing and my own party refuses it to help them, th
CNN
Dec 26, 2012 1:00pm PST
john boehner, but if you don't ever bring something to the floor without the votes. so this is what happened last thursday night where he brought this bill to the floor, his plan b, and it went nowhere. was that a major miscalculation for him? >> it was. look, denny was the speakner nea different time. he could hand out projects to districts of wavering members. and he had a very tough leadership team that went out and got the votes. boehner is not a strong leader. he doesn't have the pork and the earmarks anymore since they've been banned. and a lot of the incoming -- or the folks that came in in 2010, the tea party folks, they look at the tom delay are era and say -- >> they're both long time qulil wat capitol hill watchers, and we have to ask you are you seeing any sway now in following boehner? is he losing support? >> obviously the fact that he thought that he would be able to bring the bill last week to the floor to raise taxes on everybody making a million dollars or more and then had to pull it before he even brought it up for a vote, that gives you your answer. the answer i
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 10:00pm PST
modestly optimistic. by passing house speaker john boehner who has had trouble getting his fellow republicans to agree to anything, the president called on senate majority and minority leaders harry reid and mitch mcconnell, to lay out a deal. >> if we don't see an agreement between the two leaders and the senate, i expect a bill to go on the floor. and i have asked senator reid to do this. put a bill on the floor that makes sure that taxes on middle class families don't go up. that unemployment insurance is still available for two million people. and that lays the ground work for deficit reduction and economic growth steps that we can take in the new year. but let's not miss this deadline. >> as for the leaders they sounded a bit more hopeful than the president. >> i think it was a very positive meeting. there was not a lot of hilarity in the meeting. everyone knows how important it is. it is a very serious meeting and it would take an extended period of time as you know, waiting for us. >> i share the view of the majority leader. we had a good meeting down at the white house. we
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 1:00pm PST
support and that boehner would support if it were reasonable. but right now we haven't heard anything. i don't know and it's none of my business, i guess, although i am very curious, if the speaker and the majority leader, the republican leader over here are even talking. i mean, what's going on here? mr. president, you can't legislate with yourself. we have nobody to work with, to compromise. that's what legislation is all about, is the ability to compromise. the republicans in the house have left town. the negotiations between the president and the speaker have fallen apart as they have for the last 3 1/2 years. we've tried mightily to get something done. i'll just go over what the little drill here, mr. president, to remind everyone how unreasonable the republicans have been. senator conrad and jeb gray came up with a proposal. commission would be appointed, appoint back to us, no filibusters, no amendments, yes or no. and we did a great job and we closed two bases over two different cycles saving the country hundreds and billions of dollars here. so we brought that up here. i brought
CNN
Jan 1, 2013 4:00am PST
the house will be a vote for tax cuts, not for tax hikes. that helps. john boehner needs to take this deal struck in the senate that presumably has some buy in from him if not from his rank and file, because mitch mcconnell did not negotiate this is a vacuum and this is a pretty overwe will being vote. he will take this to his conference today and see where they are at. the expectation is there are two directions this could go. either a vote on the bill or house republicans propose changes so they can amend the bill more to their liking and send it back to the senate. but i think this is expected to move along here. >> there could be amendments, one past, they could vote on amendments, could fail, and then vote on the full measure. isn't that true also? >> yeah, that is true, and the other thing is once anything goes to the floor, it's not just up to republicans, it will -- and the think the expectation all along, whatever ultimately passes the house as we saw in the senate will require democrats and republicans. >> talking to phil gingery, seemed to be leaning no on this. but this ti
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Dec 28, 2012 8:00am PST
cliff agreement that the president and spe speaker boehner had been discussing weeks ago and then senator mcconnell would agree that no republicans would block it in any way if he can promise that. he argues that he can't really make that promise but if e he could then speaker boehner would promise to bring it to a vote on the floor. all sides would shake hands and we'd have a deal before new year's. that seems highly unlikely. but that's what all sides are pushing for today. >> i think we can all agree that tax rates are the biggest sticking point. so what specific issues are your sources saying that they might actually address in this meeting today besides tax rates? could they talk about unemployment benefits, spending cuts, what's expected to come up today? >> this is the -- the specific details of the proposal could include in addition to tax rates, as you point out, an extension of unemployment benefits. the amt fix, the alternative minimum tax would be patched for another year. and medicare doctor payments, preventing pay cut s s to medic providers. and the question that re
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Jan 1, 2013 6:00pm PST
keep those in place. >> is john boehner sticking to the old rule, the denny hastert rule, that you need a majority to bring it up for a vote. if the majority is not there of the republicans who are the majority in the house, he is not going to bring it up for a vote, or are they discarding that give this current crisis? >> he's never been officially wedded to that majority of the majority idea. that has certainly been his goal in most if not all of the legislation that he's brought to the floor. this and a few others have tested that goal for sure, but look, this is something that republican speakers, hastert included, starting with hastert, have wanted to do to make sure they have the support with within, to make sure that there isn't any kind of revolt, there isn't a question of their leadership. even though it has not been an easy road for john boehner, and that has been an understatement, i have not detected any real sentiment in the rank and file to have anybody but john boehner as their leader. to be honest with you, based on what boehner has gone through, it is hard to see a
CNN
Dec 31, 2012 1:00am PST
vote. republican representative tom cole says he's confident that boehner can get the votes he needs. >> on the speaker's plan, he had over 200 republican votes, it's not as if he had an awfully strong hand to play, if it's a deal john boehner can accept, it will be passed in a bipartisan manner with a very strong majority. if on the other hand he's neutral or not favorable, his chances will be a lot slimmer. >> lisa desjardins following the fiscal cliff negotiations on capitol hill. do you have any good news for us, lisa? >> reporter: the news is a little better than it was earlier today. we know negotiations are still happening. there was a point today where we thought there was a total breakdown. tonight it's between senator mitch mcconnell and vice president joe biden. we're some of the last people in the building. i know -- come on through, guys, if you want. there's one of the crews that -- the worker crews are starting to come into work tonight. we're the last reporting crew. all the members of congress have pretty much gone. the republicans in the house were meeting late toni
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Jan 2, 2013 5:00pm PST
speaker john boehner. new york deserves better than the selfishness we saw on display last night. new jersey deserves better than t the duplicity we saw last night. america deserves better than a government who forgot who they are there to serve and why. >> andrew cuomo and new york's largely democratic delegation slammed the house and so did one of new york's leading republican house members. >> he kept telling me wait until the vote is over, wait until the fiscal cliff vote is over and then he was gone. he refused to meet with us. he yelled i'm not meeting with you people. he decided to sneak off in the dark of night. >> well by day's end, pete king was singing a different tune. john boehner was promising a friday vote on part of the relief package and speedy action on all the rest as well. dana bash will talk about this in just a moment but, you know, a lot of people are still pretty darn disgusted about how we got here in the first place. like i said, our congressional correspondent dana bash has been up early and to bed very late into bed at all. so, dana, point a to point b it s
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Dec 29, 2012 10:00am PST
not going to happen. then it would have to get onto the house floor. why would speaker boehner put it on the house floor? that's not in his interest. no republicans want that. so it's never going to happen politically. so when he calls for it to happen, he's simply telling the american public look -- these republicans are obstructing an idea. it gives him the potential to eventually make the argument that republicans obstruct an idea that he thinks could win and republicans will say well that's ridiculous because we object to it on principle and that's why we're objecting to it procedurally. does that make sense? >> jessica, stay there. thanks for your explanation. i want to bring in the rest of our panel. ken rogoff, harvard university, former chief economist at the international monetary fund, annie lowry an economic policy reporter for "the new york times." steven moore, editorial writer for "the wall street journal." ken, you tear financial crisis guru here. forget the politics. just give us the math. if washington fails to avert the cliff, the worst-case scenario will be the c
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Dec 28, 2012 1:00pm PST
. minority leader mch mcconnell assured that no republicans block the bill. house speaker john boehner agreed to bring the bill to a vote on the house floor. and leader nancy pelosi with the number of votes needed to pass. >> what folks are looking for and all of us agree on this is action. they want to see that we are focused on them, not focused on our politics here in washington. >> reporter: that was the last time this group met more than a month ago. with time running out to forge a scaled-down compromise, can they agree on even the most basic elements, extending some income tax cuts, preventing pay cuts to medicare providers, fixing the alternative minimum tax. among the options to gain votes, averting an estate tax hike toll woo republicans. there's still time but no room for error. if congress doesn't act -- >> the impact psychologically and financially on americans of another plunge in the negative territory for the economy would be extremely harmful. >> reporter: and candy, as i said, those leaders are still meeting with the president. we'll see if any of them come out and sp
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Jan 2, 2013 2:00am PST
. it's interesting to note that while some top house republicans voted no, speaker john boehner voted yes. and here's what the deal means for you. no tax hikes for couples earning less than $450,000 a year. itemized deductions capped for couples making over $300,000 a year. unemployment benefits extended for a year for 2 million americans. and that irritating alternative minimum tax permanently adjusted for inflation. >> this fight is far from over. the deal doesn't address spending. drastic cuts have been deferred now for two month and you can be sure the battle will get messy. and then there's the $16.4 trillion debt ceiling. we just hit it according to the treasury secretary and the president already drawing the line in the sand for that fight. >> i will not have another debate with this congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they've already racked up. if congress refuses to give the united states government the ability to pay these bills on time, the consequences would be catastrophic. >> brianna kealar is live from washington working triple duty for us.
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Jan 1, 2013 7:00pm PST
does this mean about the tea party? didn't boehner try to go around them basically? >> i think the tea party has been weakened significantly in the last presidential election. only 21% of americans said they identified as supporters of the tea party. their kind of control over the republican party is substantially weaker. i do think you have hit tonight head, margaret. there's a centralized feel being among democrats that they can make compromises and they will not pay the ultimate price for that compromise. that is no longer something that is in the kind of dna of the republican party. we don't need to make any kind of false equivalencies here, this is a republican problem. they are no longer able to govern as a kind of full fledged party. >> charles, there's one economic argument that has come apart here and that is the tea party conservative republican argument that we want a government that spends money responsibly, doesn't overtax people. that got divorced from the idea that we ended up with people defend being the rights of people who earn more than $500,000 a year not to pay
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Dec 30, 2012 6:00am PST
boehner can deliver the votes and he feels the election changed his leverage on this. it does not appear the president wants to do this grand bargain. what he wants to do is get tax rates up as he promised to do in the campaign. that's why there's a narrower discussion now. >> we don't have time for some big old deal at this point, right? >> right. >> there's want and political realism. the one other point is they are talking about whether they can put off the spending cuts and whether there's a way to agree to that. >> across the board defense and nondiscretionary. >> i agree there's no more trust between speaker boehner and president obama. >> that's the other dog not barking here, is how small expectations are become here. how little deficit reduction will happen here. >> none, right? by the way, aren't taxes going up anyway? >> true. >> what people don't know or what we haven't focused on here, nobody is talking about keeping taxes low on social security. >> right. the payroll tax, the extension of the holiday in effect is not even on the table at this point. >> right. my question is
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Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
mitch mcconnell. john boehner not in this, nancy pelosi isn't in this, not even the president. the house reconvenes at 10:00, the senate at 11:00, bright and early. sarcastic. neither of them showing particular signs of progress. >> these two worked together in the senate for 20 years. so you hope -- >> in fairness, the houses are not convening. these guys are not working. i don't care if it doesn't play out in the media. the big stumbling block has been avoided. republicans dropped their demand to reduce social security cost of living increases. >> i was really gratified to hear republicans had taken the demand for social security benefits off the table. truth is, they never should have been on the table to begin with there is still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue. >> the consequences of this are too high for the american people to be engaged in a political messaging campaign. i'm interested in getting a result here. >> they have all been politically messaging, not sure why they are being critical of it now. thousands of there's of your take h
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Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
starting point, once everything fell apart in his negotiations with speaker boehner, was to go back to $250,000. ultimately, as he was trying to work out a deal with boehner that did fail, he was at $400,000 when things fell apart there. now up to $450,000. presumably, senate republicans would want more than that. after just a whirl wind of negotiations yesterday on capitol hill and just a very busy weekend, negotiations are now going on between senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, the top republican in the senate, and vice president joe biden. these are the two players right now. they discussed a possible remedy late into the night, around midnight, we are told, by an aide to mitch mcconnell, and at least at the staff level negotiations began again this morning. the question everyone wants to know, suzanne, of course, is are we going over the cliff? it appears very -- it's sort of unclear at this point. it's difficult to see how we kind of don't logistically and politically at this point, but the president has said he's optimistic, and so have some republicans. >> brianna, finally,
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Dec 31, 2012 2:00am PST
it's not as if he doesn't have an awfully strong hand to play. if it's a deal john boehner can accept, frankly, i think it will be passed in a bipartisan manner with a strong majority. if earn he's not neutral or favorable, his chances will be a lot slimmer. >> we will find out in the morning whether any progress came out of the senate leader mitch mcconnell's meeting with vice president joe biden. >> we've been asking you, our viewers, to send in your thoughts, your messages to elected representatives. so let's close tonight with some advice from one of you to washington. >> my message to all of washington for the new year is to set partisanship aside working on behalf of 100% of the voters, fix this mess you've gotten us into, bring a balanced budget to the table to grow this economy for the long term not the short term. >> there you go. for the long term, not the short term. >> there you go. i'm don lemon. happy new year to you. jooirksz . >>> hello, i'm don lemon and this is cnn's top 10 of 2012. we look at the stories that captured our attention, what we see as the biggest
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Dec 28, 2012 11:00am PST
the middle, democrats nancy pelosi and harry reid. republicans mitch mcconnell and john boehner. those four members of congress are expected to make the drive from the capital, which you see on the right, down pennsylvania avenue, to the white house, there on the left. and we expect them to enter through a side door on the west side of the mansion. that's the entrance right there. and they'll meet with the president. in the oval office. beginning, we're told, at 3:00 p.m., less than one hour from now. and just four days ahead of the so-called fiscal cliff. so a very big moment in the nation's capital. and to walk us through what might happen we turn to jessica yellin, a chief white house correspondent. jessica, we said up front, it is a long shot, give us a best case scenario. >> reporter: the best case scenario would be that all the leaders walk out of this meeting and say they have a deal. the two senators say they can bring it to a vote, and none of their members will filibuster it. house speaker john boehner says he will bring it to the house floor for a vote before new year
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